Jimmy is a four-year-old boy who goes to birthday parties and wreaks havoc. He grabs handfuls of candy or chips off the table without asking and doesn’t respond when an adult asks him simple questions like, “How are you today, Jimmy?” He runs rampant around the room while the birthday girl is opening her presents, and he doesn’t say thank you when he’s offered a piece of birthday cake.
Most of us know at least one child like this, and often the parent might just look at you while Jimmy tips his cup of fruit punch on the living room floor and say, “Oh, he’ll grow out of it.” He might. But the problem is, in the meantime, they have a child that other people simply don’t like being around. Parents might stop inviting him to playdates and parties, and Jimmy won’t even understand why. He’s just acting how he always acts, and nobody is correcting his behaviour.
Manners are learned, not something that just comes naturally with time. Children have to be taught to be polite and respectful, and those values come directly from watching their own family members and being reminded to say please and thank you.
Here are some tips on how to instill good manners in your children:
Manners are important, so don’t give up and don’t give in!
To learn more about how to raise a polite, thoughtful, and well-behaved family, make sure to check out Kids: The Manual.
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